University of Gloucestershire students at Vitality Big Half

On the 10th March 12 students from the University of Gloucestershire supported in the running of the Vitality Big Half in London.  This is an event run by London Marathon events in the London Marathon series.  Students from the university were asked to support the event again following the fantastic contribution they made to the London Marathon last year.

We battled the wind at the finish line but were able to see Mo Farah finish, as well as some other celebrity spotting including Helen Skelton, David Weir and Chris Evans. All students were fantastic supporters of the runners, cheering and clapping all those who completed the race as well as congratulating the younger participants of the ‘Little Half’- a race aimed at children which takes place after those in the main race have finished.

All of those from UoG were fantastic despite a very early start and were the only ones left standing at the finish when other volunteer teams had retreated from the wind.  Organisers were once again very impressed with the students’ contribution to the race, identifying them as very organised, enthusiastic and professional throughout the day.

Students are able to use experiences such as this to apply the skills they have learned within their courses and to gain a greater understanding of organisations which play a large part in physical activity and health promotion activities across the country. They are also able to utilise opportunities like this in the ‘Bank it’ campaign which recognises student volunteer work across the university (see more info on how to bank your hours here).

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